This book took me a little over two months to read (what can I say? The family vacation to Hilton Head and studying for the GMAT cut into reading time!). But, overall, I enjoyed this piece by Seth Godin. This book talks about the timeline of factory workers, lizard brains and workplace perception. A major part of the book is becoming a “linchpin” in today’s society and in the workplace – going above and beyond the call of duty, adding human element to every task and making personal connections.
Godin, through many paths and stories, explains why we should be a linchpin and not simple factory workers. Linchpins cannot be replaced and do not settle for the status-quo. They think outside the box, they push their limits and they come in to work everyday with passion and excitement.
Another topic discussed at length was art. Everything is art and everyone is an artist. I had never considered my passion an “art” – it open my yes to thinking about a proposal, business plan or memo as art.
Godin talks about how every person has two sides: one that focuses on survival and basic function, and one that thinks outside the box. While I do not believe our lizard brain is our “original brain”, I do think that anxiety and nervousness can take over a person during scary situations. Godin discusses letting fear pass through and not wasting your energy on things you cannot change, a lesson I need to learn!
The main part of the book was breaking through the mold and choosing your own destiny. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and for others, find energy every day and change how YOU view the world. I love that idea. It was inspirational to hear that I had a challenge in the workplace, I needed to become someone a company needed.
But other parts were almost too much. My critiques of the book are that is came across as a lecture and Godin attempts to make you feel guilty if you do to want to be a linchpin.
Personally, I know my father worked long and hard at his job – but he left his work at the office. He went in, worked, came home. Was he a linchpin? Maybe not. Was he the best dad on this planet? attend each one of my soccer games, swim meets, theatre shows, horse shows and award banquets? Did he coach my sports team as a kid, have a seat at family dinner and stood by me as a became a college graduate? YES.
Where is that aspect in this book? It is so deeply entrenched with how to make your work life so enriching by going in early, staying late, making human connections, thinking outside the box and so on…it loose the “human feel”.
As always, just my opinion.
Thanks for reading!